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Jun 04 2010

Beauty and Science Merge in Illustrators’ Exhibit at NCSU Libraries

Media Contact:
David Hiscoe
, NCSU Libraries,  (919) 513-3425

The best in the world of science illustration will be hosted in a beautiful display featured in the D. H. Hill Library Special Collections Exhibit Gallery at North Carolina State University from June 14 through the first week in August.  The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI), founded at the Smithsonian Institution in 1968, is working with the NCSU Libraries to present “The Art in Science: Annual Exhibit of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.” Ranging from pen and ink drawings to the latest digital animations, the juried exhibit is a great chance to see some of the most exciting work being done by today’s science illustrators.

“We are delighted and honored to host this event,” explains Susan Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries.  “NC State, of course, has a national reputation in the animal sciences, entomology, natural resources, and other natural sciences—and our design school is among the nation’s best.  This is a great opportunity for our students, faculty, and the public to see these disciplines combined into a unique blend of artistic aesthetic with the communication of scientific principles.”

The GNSI, which has thousands of members throughout the globe, provides a forum to celebrate and advance the work of the artists who illustrate the textbooks, journals, media, and other learning materials that permeate the academic and scientific worlds.

While the works chosen by the GNSI jury to be displayed at the NCSU Libraries serve mainly to make scientific principles easily to understand and enjoy, they are in themselves beautiful works of design and art.  The exhibit will be particularly inspirational for students who are thinking about a career in science illustration, faculty looking for ways to enhance their teaching, and anyone who loves nature and good design.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular hours at the D. H. Hill Library on the NC State campus.  Hours can be found on the Libraries’ web site.